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Professor Jane Liu awarded 2017 Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

Lamar University’s JJane Liuane Liu has been selected as a 2017 Texas State University System (TSUS)  Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow and will pursue a study of first-year programs at Lamar University that are focused on student success.

The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Program was created to engage a select number of faculty members on an annual basis to take a leadership role in the system and to stimulate improvements in current or emerging academic areas. Concurrently, the program provides an opportunity for faculty to gain experience at the system level and build a network of academic leaders across the system.

For the first year of the program, proposals were sought that would focus on specific ways to increase student success across the system.

“This is the inaugural year for the program and I am very excited about its potential on developing faculty leaders and ultimately the positive impact the program will have on our students and our system,” wrote TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall in a congratulatory letter to Liu.

In her proposal, Liu presented ideas related to the university’s first year success program with potential “positive impact on Lamar University and the entire Texas State University System,” McCall wrote.

As a Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow, Liu will engage in activities that focus on freshmen in the College of Arts and Science at Lamar University in academic departments related to the so-called STEM disciplines – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The university has a number of programs aimed at ensuring student success and improving student retention.  Among these are Freshman Interest Groups, Lamar 1101, Undergraduate Advising Center, Learning Communities, and Lamar University Tutoring Center.

Liu will study the overall effectiveness of these programs determining how they work together in the First Year Success Pilot project that will continue throughout the year.

In her proposal, Liu will seek to effectively integrate academic success and academic engagement to tackle the challenge of freshman success, focusing on student advising and mentoring, student engagement, use of data and predictive analytics, improving math pathways, and faculty and staff talent development by collaborating closely with the existing programs.

Liu earned a degree in computer engineering from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 2004. She joined the Department of Computer Science at Lamar University as assistant professor in 2004, was promoted to associate professor in 2009, and became a full professor in 2016.

An active researcher and educator, Liu has been the principal investigator on four grants totaling $432,690 and co-principal investigator on three grants totaling $506,633. She has accumulated extensive experience in undergraduate research and education, retention and K-12 outreach.  Liu received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the first NSF CAREER grant received at the university.